Global Sourcing Expo Sydney Sourcing Seminars Set To Help Industry Come To Grips With What’s Now and What’s Next


The organisers of the Global Sourcing Expo, Australia’s first and only truly global wholesale sourcing show, are pleased to announce the release of the much-anticipated Global Sourcing Seminar Program for their upcoming Sydney show.

Running on all three days of Global Sourcing Expo Sydney, from 12-14 June 2024 at the Sydney International Convention Centre, these sessions promote innovation and expert trend forecasting. The 2024 program is bigger and better than ever, and includes industry mavericks such as Natalie Xenita, Vice President of IMG Fashion Events (organisers of Australian Fashion Week), Fleur Brown, Chief Industry Affairs Officer of the Australian Retailers Association and Bridget Veals from David Jones leading a panel on Indigenous Fashion Projects.

“Each session is designed to equip attendees with the latest insights and knowledge across fashion, trends, sustainability, marketing, sourcing, and the supply chain,” Marie Kinsella, CEO, International Expo Group, organisers of the Global Sourcing Expo.

“We have taken care to spotlight a wide variety of topics that represent the multi-faceted and complex world of global sourcing, with diverse discussions that range from ‘Social Compliance Audit Fatigue in Factories,’ (presented by Bonnic Chung of WRAP) to ‘Insights on How to Present Your Collection to International Fashion Buyers,’ presented by Jude Kingston of Mind Your Fashion,” she adds. “These sessions are intended to be practical, with implementable advice from speakers who have spent decades mastering their craft and will serve as a guiding light on any attendee’s unique sourcing journey.”


Spotlight on Australian voices

As the name suggests, the Global Sourcing Seminars are designed to reflect the global issues facing the sourcing industry, but also covers the wide array of opportunities presented by the booming Australian market, as illustrated by the following sessions:

Australian Retail Outlook – Performance, Trends and Predictions | 12 June 2024, 10:00-11:00am

Fleur Brown, Chief Industry Affairs Officer, Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

This presentation is a guide to navigating the dynamic Australian retail landscape, providing essential knowledge for industry professionals. Gain a strategic advantage by understanding key retail metrics, emerging trends, and expert forecasts.

Indigenous Fashion Projects: Bridging Cultures, Creating Opportunities | 12 June 2024, 2:30-3:30pm

Bridget Veals, David Jones & Michelle Maynard, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation Ltd, along with other industry experts and brands

This panel discussion explores the groundbreaking IFP Pathways Program that was launched by Australian department store chain David Jones in 2020 in collaboration with the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects initiative.

Australian Fashion Week Through the Eyes of the Executive | 12 June 2024, 3:45-4:30pm

Natalie Xenita, Vice President-Managing Director, APAC, IMG Fashion Events

An insider perspective on Australian Fashion Week, the work that goes into the event’s production each year, and the strategies and challenges involved. This session will also highlight the selection criteria for participating designers and many other fascinating aspects of APACs most high-profile fashion event.

The increasing role of technology in global sourcing

The sourcing industry is undergoing a profound shift, spearheaded by technological advances in product labelling and supply chain tracing. With Artificial Intelligence dominating the conversation, these sessions are designed to cut through the jargon and keep attendees ahead of the curve:

AI Risks and Opportunities | 12 June 2024, 1:00-2:00pm

Shariqa Mestroni, Special Counsel, James Hoy, Special Counsel, Jessica Laverty, Senior Associate, Bird & Bird

Like any disruptive technology, the rise of generative AI has unleashed a wave of opportunities and challenges for individuals and businesses alike. The panellists will look at the key challenges that generative AI poses to brand creators and brand owners in Australia and share strategies for mitigating the risks.

The Digital Product Passport is Coming | 13 June 2024, 11:30-12:30pm

Melinda Tually, Director Ndless: The New Normal, Strategic Human Rights & Sustainability Consultancy, along with industry expert panellists

By 2030, all textile products for sale in the EU need to contain a Digital Product Passport (DPP), containing an unprecedented amount of environmental impact data. Join this session to learn how to determine your readiness for compliance with this sweeping change.

Sustainability Tracing in the Supply Chain | 14 June 2024, 10:00-11:00am

Evelyn Gibson, Partnerships Lead, World Fashion Exchange

This session will delve into strategies for fostering collaboration among Brands, Manufacturers and Forwarders, with a strong emphasis on integrating technology into supply chain management and promoting sustainable production practices.

Keeping Corporate Social Responsibility at the forefront

From considered design practices to ethical sourcing, conscious fashion, sustainability, clothing circularity and fair wages, these Global Sourcing Seminars will guide attendees through responsible sourcing practices and becoming a purpose-led brand:

Navigating the Conscious Fashion Evolution | 12 June 2024, 11:30-12:30pm

Elizabeth Formosa, Founder, Fashioned Equipped & Dr Vaibhav Gaikward, Head of Sustainability at ELK

In this session our panellists will explore the ever-changing landscape of conscious fashion, where each choice becomes a step forward in a transformative journey. You’re sure to gain valuable insights that will support your implementation of a more sustainable future.

Seamless – Changing the Way We Design, Consume and Recycle Clothing | 13 June 2024, 10:00-11:00am

Ainsley Simpson, CEO of Seamless joined by key brands and stakeholders

Ainsley will team up with pivotal Seamless brands and stakeholders on a dynamic panel, unveiling the extensive groundwork accomplished in recent months, to gear up for the scheme’s full operational launch.

Circular Fashion – Moving from Ambition to Implementation | 13 June 2024, 1:00-2:00pm

Rosanna Iacono, CEO, The Growth Activists

This practical guide to Circular Fashion will give participants valuable resources and actionable next steps to kickstart their business’s circular journey, while becoming a force for positive change in the industry.

Pursuing Social Justice: The Impact of the Living Wage Movement | 13 June 2024, 2:30-3:30pm

James Bartle, CEO, Outland Denim, along with industry expert panellists

In an era marked by growing economic disparities and social inequalities, the Living Wage movement stands as a beacon of hope for equitable labour practices and fair wages. In this session, James Bartle will share first-hand experiences and reflections on implementing the Living Wage within his company, joined by expert panellists to discuss this important initiative.

About the Global Sourcing Expo Sydney 2024

Global Sourcing Expos Sydney and Melbourne provide a dedicated show platform to connect global manufacturers, producers, service providers and fashion labels with trade buyers and industry professionals from Australia, New Zealand and beyond.

The Show will feature 500+ world-class exhibitors in the categories of apparel, accessories, homeware and textiles. As one of the only shows in Australia to directly target wholesale and retail buying groups, this is an ideal opportunity to enter the Australian market.

“The Global Sourcing Expo connects the world!”

When and Where for Sydney Show: Wednesday 12 – Friday 14 June 2024, International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia.

When and Where for Melbourne Show: 19-21 November 2024, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Bhargav Pathak
Bhargav Pathak is not just a blog, but it is my passion towards textile/apparel/fashion industry. After having studied at NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) at Gandhinagar campus, and associated with NDBI (National Design Business Incubation) at NID (National Institute of Design) Ahmedabad campus, I started my long journey into this field. Since 2006, I had worked for various corporates either into B2B, B2C, SaaS or AI base products/concept/services related to mostly textiles/apparel/fashion industry, and having main responsibilities are sales/revenue generator and bd. During July2023, a thought came in my mind to launch a knowledge-based website, you can also call it a blogging site, wherein users can read latest news and happenings and articles about global textiles/apparel/fashion and stay abreast. At the moment, this site is having mainly two features: News and Articles, going forward I shall also add Interviews (text/audio/video) Trade Fair calendar (this calendar is being updated as per the organizers schedule, however I request to crosscheck with organizer before any decision) , therefore, I have launched this venture in July2023, and thanks to the visitors, the site is growing every day. We have recently launched a new feature as Business Directory wherein the suppliers/manufacturers can create their profile and upload products for better exposure. You can also follow on Linkedin:

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